Post office box user Harold Browett is unhappy about the move of boxes from King Edward St to Strathallan St. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A Dunedin man who has leased a post office box in South
Dunedin for the past three decades has objected to a New
Zealand Post decision to move the boxes away from the main
New Zealand Post has sent letters to all 477 box holders,
saying the post office box facility would move to the Dunedin
mail centre in Strathallan St.
The boxes are in a one-storey building next to the South
Dunedin PostShop in King Edward St, which will stay where it
The letter said the move was ''around 900m away'', but
Corstorphine resident and box-holder Harold Browett said that
involved negotiating a busy Andersons Bay Rd, and travelling
from the shopping centre to an industrial area.
While that was one thing for people with cars, it was another
for those without.
New Zealand Post responded it had an internal seismic policy
that ''requires a high level of compliance for all the
buildings we occupy'' for the safety of staff and customers.
''This building is leased and fell below our seismic
Mr Browett said he found the post office box more reliable
than the postal service to his home, which he said arrived
sometimes in the morning and other times in the afternoon.
He was surprised to ''suddenly'' get a letter to say the
boxes would close on August 15 and move to Strathallan St.
While Mr Browett had a car, others in the area did not, and
the move would be disruptive, he said.
He was also upset the telephone number on the letter took him
to an employee outside Dunedin.
''I was brusquely told to ring someone in Christchurch.''
Mr Browett said he felt he had a contract with New Zealand
Post until next March for the box in King Edward St,
something he would write to the company about.
''I think they just want to use the old mail centre,'' he
New Zealand Post said through a spokeswoman an upgrade to the
building would have been uneconomic for the property owner
and inconvenient for other tenants in the building.
Asked if the company had considered the disruption to users
in making its decision, she said once it was determined that
the site did not meet seismic standards, New Zealand Post had
been unable to find a suitable site nearby.
''The new location at the Dunedin Mail Centre is
approximately 900m away, or a 7-10 minute flat walk.
''This site offers better parking facilities and a safe
environment for both staff and customers.''
She said the PostShop met the company's seismic policy.